First Parish of Norwell
First Parish of Norwell Sunday Morning Worship<br/> The Pulpit Adult Choir<br/> First Parish of Norwell<br/> First Parish Members<br/> Baby Care and Preschool Children's Playground The James Library The Kent House<br/> The North River Sharing a Meal<br/> Grandma's Attic at the Holiday Fair Alliance Bake Sale Holiday Fair Knitters Gift Baskets at the Holiday Fair Close-up of the solar panels All Church Family Picnic<br/> Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche blessing the animals. First Parish of Norwell First Parish of Norwell with carriage sheds Rev. Len on Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Candlelight Community  Service

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Are you looking for a welcoming location for your special event? Consider First Parish of Norwell. Our beautiful and historic meeting house, built in 1830, and our adjoining Parish Hall and Fogg Parlor are available and handicapped accessible. The meeting house has a long center aisle and is well lit by daytime sunshine or evening chandelier & candles. Organ, piano, & harpsichord as well as a sound system are available. More info....

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First Parish of Norwell
Unitarian Universalist

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for over 360 years.

Sunday Service 10 a.m.

April 20 - Community Easter Service 

The service will combine classical Easter music with a Unitarian Universalist message. Our Easter service will be preceded by the traditional Easter Breakfast.

April 27 - We Remember So As Not To Forget

This service is to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.   (Yom HaSoah  -  April 28)

May 4 - Choose Something Like a Star: A Humanist View of the Universe
Bernie Gardner, Pulpit Guest

May 11 - The Giving tree

Using the classic Shel Silverstein poem, I will view it differently for Mother’s Day.

Beige Line

Registration for General Assembly 2014 (GA), the annual meeting of our association, is now open. This year Providence, RI, will be our host city. Gather with us to help our association live into a future where Love Reaches Out - to share our faith both within and beyond our congregation's walls. Click here for more information.

GA Providence, RI 2014


Our Minister

Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche


Minister Emeritis

Richard M. Fewkes



First Parish of Norwell
24 River Street P.O. Box 152
Norwell, MA 02061
TEL 781-659-7122
Fax: 781-659-7939



Office Hours:
Tues. - Thurs.: 9-1 p.m.
Friday: 9-12 p.m.
(the office is closed on Mondays)


During the upcoming school vacation week, Hope and Donna will both be in the office on Wednesday, April 23 only.

Severe Weather

Should severe weather necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church’s voicemail and send an all-church email with the cancellation.


We will also notify WATD radio in Marshfield (95.9 FM), WCVB – TV (Channel 5), WHDH 7News and radio/AM 680.


Depending on the amount of advance notice, check here or on Facebook.


Worship Volunteers Needed!

Can you provide a pulpit arrangement for an upcoming service? Would you like to host Coffee Hour? How about being an usher? Would you like to assist with lighting the chalice? Sign-up sheets are posted in the Parish Hall, or contact Hope in the Church Office.